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R-56 test model
R-56 dynamic test model
Credit: © Mark Wade
Ukrainian intercontinental ballistic missile. Super-heavy ICBM designed by Yangel in 1963-1966. The original R-56 super-booster concept consisted of clustered R-46's.

The R-46 was to be available in two-stage ICBM and three-stage orbital launch vehicle versions. The concept proceeded to the point of dynamic tests of subscale models at TsNIIMASH, but like the R-56 was never authorised for full-scale development.

Maximum range: 16,000 km (9,000 mi). CEP: 1.50 km (0.90 mi).

Status: Study 1966.

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See also
  • missile Guided self-propelled military weapon (as opposed to rocket, an unguided self-propelled weapon). More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Yuzhnoye Ukrainian manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Yangel Design Bureau, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. More...

  • Karpenko, A V, Utkin, A F and Popov,A D, Otechestvenniye strategischeskiye raketnoye kompleks, Sankt-Peterburg: Nevskii bastion; Gangut 1999..

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